60 Years Farrat – Daniella

dANIELLA OUR INTERN POSING WITH HER PHONE STAND THAT SHE DESIGNED

PEOPLE PROFILE:

FARRAT INTERN, DANIELLA EDWARDS-DAVIES

Areas Of Expertise: Engineering, Business, Geography
Education: Secondary School
Time at Farrat: One week during July, 2019

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I come from Ashton on Mersey in Sale and I am in Year Ten at secondary school, studying Geography, Spanish, Business and Engineering. I am interning at Farrat this summer as part of my School Work Experience.

I chose to do my work experience at an engineering firm like Farrat, as engineering is one of the options I chose to study and I wanted to find out what a career in engineering would be like!

 

Tell us about your week interning  at Farrat?

On my first day, Ginette, an Account Development Specialist for Thermal Breaks, showed me how to talk with customers and input important information into the CRM system, which was really interesting.

After that on Tuesday, I met Adriana who is an Applications Engineer. Adriana introduced me to the Engineering & Design department of Farrat. I was shown some detailed design drawings and was even given a chance to use the design program, AutoCAD. I ended up spending the whole day with Adriana which really opened my eyes to the type of solutions that can be created when you put your mind to it.

On Wednesday I moved over to the Drafting Office and began working with Yohann and Phil, who are both design engineers. I learnt a lot about technical drawing and was challenged to design my own product, a smartphone holder. This involved picking a suitable design then working with Phil to input the design into the SolidWorks program to prepare it for manufacture.

To prepare the design, I had to note all of the dimensions so that manufacturing would know the exact size and some other important details. I then checked to ensure there were no holes where there should not be and that there was a section to place the device onto, to keep the iPhone or iPad stable.

Once the design was finished, I sent design-sheets to the manufacturing department so that my ‘product’ could be precision-cut on the Waterjet. I then watched it being made down in the factory with the manufacturing team, which was something I have never seen before (and it took only about five minutes!).

During my time in the drafting office, Yohann also showed me the various isolation solutions that Farrat develop. He showed me some of the 2D and 3D designs of solutions that Farrat use to isolate cinemas from external sound and other vibrations or disturbances. It was great!

Yohann also explained the function of each of the machines in the on-site R&D lab and explained how Farrat test various materials and products. As part of this, I was able to ‘squish’ a rubber component and watch how it reacted under the pressure – that was really fun!

To end the week, I spent some time with Charlene in Marketing who explained the role of communications and helped me to produce a piece of editorial that I then published on the Farrat website.

 

You have experienced a variety of interesting roles at Farrat, but which was your favorite?

I really enjoyed the design and manufacturing segments of the week.

Designing and then manufacturing my own phone stand was really fun and taught me each of the steps involved in product development. This is something that I want to do in the future and my time at Farrat has helped to reinforce that ambition.

 

What are the next steps for you after Farrat?

Next week I am going to present to my Year Ten Class an assessment of my work experience at Farrat. This will cover what I did, everything that I learnt and how I am going to use that in the future.

After Year Ten, I will see whether my school offers engineering in 6th form. If not, I will look to study this further elsewhere, perhaps at college.

 

Fantastic! Gareth, our Production Manager, has said that you would make a fine Design Engineer. We hope we have given you a great experience and an insight into Engineering.

Thank you for letting me do my work experience at Farrat. You have all made me feel so welcome and I could not have asked for a better group of people to work with.

I really appreciate it and have thoroughly enjoyed it.

I will miss you all!

 

Daniella has been an absolutely brilliant Intern at Farrat this summer – attitude, demeanor and work ethic are all exceptional and we have no doubt that she will excel in whatever career she decides to pursue.

 


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STEM Ambassador Recognition

STEM Ambassador CertificateCongratulations to CEO Oliver Farrell who earlier this week received a certificate of recognition for his efforts as a STEM Ambassador across the 2015/2016 academic year.

The certificate recognises Oliver’s dedication to the programme, working closely with STEM on behalf of Farrat to ensure that every young person across the UK has the opportunity to understand the possibilities that science, technology, engineering and mathematics studies and careers can provide.

The impact of the STEM Ambassadors programme is immense – evidence shows that it not only helps young people achieve their full potential in STEM, but also has positive impacts for teachers and other educators as well as individual STEM Ambassadors and employers who support them.

STEM Ambassador’s truly make a difference to young people as well as being part of a UK-wide community of enthusiastic and passionate volunteers.

Since the programme began, STEM Ambassadors have worked with over 94% of UK secondary schools and nearly one in five UK primary schools. STEM now want to build on this further, including engaging with young people and their influencers through a wider range of community and youth groups – ensuring that young people, regardless of background, can see and be encouraged in the possibilities open to them through STEM.

To become a STEM Ambassador Register here, or visit www.stemnet.org.uk for more information.

Farrat CEO is elected as a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

CEO Oliver is elected as FIMECHECongratulations to Farrat CEO Oliver Farrell, who has been elected as a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMECHE).

Becoming a Fellow is recognition of a professional engineer working in a senior role with significant autonomy and responsibility. It is the highest level of membership and demonstrates wealth of experience, commitment and extraordinary contribution to engineering.

For more information on IMECHE Membership, please visit the Institute of Mechanical Engineers official website: www.imeche.org

Official Trafford Fab Lab Opening in Altrincham

Farrat attend the Trafford Fab Lab opening in AltrinchamToday Farrat attend the Trafford Fab Lab official opening in Altrincham – a collaboration between Trafford Council, Trafford College and the Manchester-based Manufacturing Institute.

Fab Labs were set up to inspire people to turn their ideas into new products and prototypes by giving them access to a range of advanced digital manufacturing technology. Farrat strongly believe in supporting UK Manufacturing and are pleased to work with the Manufacturing Institute to promote the facility within the local community.

Neville Chamberlain, Chairman of the Manufacturing Institute said: “Fab Labs go right to the heart of our mission – to support manufacturing. Altrincham is the perfect spot for a Fab Lab.


“We’re right in the middle of the town centre, with great public transport links, and we have the fantastic support of our partners Trafford Council and Trafford College. We look forward to making this Fab Lab a special success. ”

Cllr Sean Anstee, Leader of Trafford Council, alo added: “I am delighted to be involved in the launch of the new Trafford Fab Lab which is an excellent example of partnership working between the Council, Manufacturing Institute and Trafford College.

“Trafford Fab Lab will be accessible to all residents young and old and local businesses to encourage entrepreneurship and the growth and development of manufacturing skills. Trafford Fab Lab has got off to a great start and I look forward to seeing it go from strength to strength. ”


If you wish to get involved with Trafford Fab Lab, contact 0161 928 0809 or email hello@fablabaltrincham.co.uk.

 

 

Farrat supports Year in Industry scheme

YINIThe Year in Industry (YINI) are the UK’s leading student placement experts.

They provide high-quality, paid placements for students in their gap year before or during their degree course.

A Year in Industry can fast track a future career, greatly improving prospects.  97% of students who have undertaken a Year in Industry feel they are more employable, as it adds massive value to a CV as well as greatly increasing confidence and maturity levels.

Oliver Farrell, Farrat’s CEO has been invited on behalf of The Institute of Mechanical Engineers to judge the North West Regional Finalists taking part in this year’s scheme.

Oliver explained: “A Year In Industry is a fantastic opportunity for students studying science, technology, engineering, maths or related subjects to gain first-hand experience of the working world, equip them with skills and help guide them on an appropriate career path.”